bom·bas·tic | \bäm-ˈba-stik \

Definition of bombastic 

: marked by or given to speech or writing that is given exaggerated importance by artificial or empty means : marked by or given to bombast : pompous, overblown

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Other Words from bombastic

bombastically \bäm-ˈba-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for bombastic


fustian, gaseous, grandiloquent, oratorical, rhetorical (also rhetoric), windy



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Examples of bombastic in a Sentence

a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district

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However, Anthony Scaramucci, who served as communications director for 11 days last summer, had a bombastic and public persona. Josh Dawsey,, "President Trump in talks with former Fox News executive Bill Shine about joining White House," 27 June 2018 So many people, this reporter included, were off base in predicting how Trump’s bombastic ways and controversial policies would affect things. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 2018 For Moon, a return to 2017, when the North's nuclear and missile tests and Trump's bombastic tweets raised animosity on the Korean Peninsula to new heights, would be very difficult to swallow. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Fate of inter-Korean detente hangs on nuclear talks," 5 July 2018 Bissell oversaw the project, and Ike kept the U-2 with the CIA when Gen. Curtis LeMay, the bombastic—in every sense of the word—chief of the Strategic Air Command, tried to snatch it away. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘A Brotherhood of Spies’ and ‘Above and Beyond’ Review: When Spies Took to the Skies," 12 July 2018 The lead track on their new EP Shoot Me: Youth Part 1, the song is bombastic and full of punk rock vibes, with slinking synths thrown in for good measure. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "DAY6 Drop 'Shoot Me' Music Video," 26 June 2018 Bevin also has spoken on several occasions with America's bombastic, social-media savvy president, with whom he is often compared. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Everyone is watching Gov. Matt Bevin gain fame in national politics but no one knows why," 29 Mar. 2018 Fireworks dazzled after nightfall, with a 30-minute show of bombastic color and sound — as well as the soaring background music coming from an orchestra. Kyle Arnold,, "Fireworks dazzle as Orlando comes together to celebrate Independence Day," 4 July 2018 The jokes continued, with Rose thanking the person in advance who was going to bring the band funnel cakes, and sprinkling bombastic arena-rock faces and devil horns into the set. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of bombastic

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bombastic

bombast + -ic entry 1

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to reject or criticize sharply

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